“For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.” (Psalm 109:22)
A Brief History and Biographical Sketch
was born in East Tennessee. My parents had six children: Billy,
Nell, Janet, Elmer (died shortly after birth) myself and Jackie.
My father died of a heart attack at age 79, on September 27, 1986.
My father was a sharecrop farmer and I spent the first eighteen years
of my life on the farm before joining the army in 1962. This was
to be the most traumatic and emotional day of my life, leaving for the
army at age eighteen. My mother did not approve of my decision.
She was very angry and shed a lot of tears. My father on the other
hand was more hurt than angry, but as I was leaving, he put his arms around
me and said, “Benny I love you - take care of yourself.”
The work I do best is preaching and being a pastor. Working closely with people counseling and ministering to them. This includes the work of an evangelist, door-to-door sharing, etc. In 1987 Carolyn and I had the opportunity to participate in an overseas mission project to Antigua, West Indies. This opened the door to two other mission trips to Antigua.
Carolyn and I have one daughter, Carrie, who has been a Christian since age six and is still growing in her faith. Carrie attending Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, she received a B.A. in Christian Psychology, and a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. It is our desire to support Carrie in all her achievements, and to give her guidance in marriage, home and family. We have high expectations of her and she has continued to meet and surpass those expectations. Carrie married Aaron Holladay. They blessed us with a wonderful grandson, Benjamin “Ben” Bear Holladay, born 17 June 1999. Carrie, Aaron and Ben live in Nashville, Tennessee.
I received my Bachelors degree from University of Tennessee, and my Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. On May 31, 1997, I received my Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Bethel Theological Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am presently Pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. In addition to being a pastor, Carolyn and I are involved in overseas (short-term) missions. Our most recent trips have been to Southern Siberia, Omsk, Russia, and to the West Indies. I have led numerous teams to return trips to the West Indies, Antigua and Nevis, to do Vacation Bible School, build houses for displaced Montserratians as a result of volcanic action on the island of Montserrat and led in evangelistic crusades. As a result of these crusades of which we have been a part, more than twenty-three thousand professions have been recorded. Over the past twenty-five years, I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, South Dakota and Georgia. Needless to say, God has blessed me with a successful ministry over the years.
I served in
the U.S. Army 1962-1965. Areas of service included: Fort Jackson,
South Carolina; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Korea; Dominican
Republic, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I received The Good Conduct
Medal, and the Expeditionary Medal for Service in the Dominican Republic.
I received an honorable discharge in 1965.
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